Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
Charlotte “Charley” Abbott has gone out with every guy under thirty-five in Butler, Vermont—except for one. Tyler Westcott’s attempts to date her may be determined, and frequent, but Charley can’t stand how he acts like he knows her better than she knows herself. So when Tyler turns up at the running club Charley joined to train for a marathon, she’s almost ready to quit before she even gets started.
Tyler knows that behind Charley’s prickly personality and dismissive attitude is a sweet woman he wants in his life. And when Charley suffers an injury while training, Tyler is ready to prove that the perfect man for her has been right there all along…
I have enjoyed the stories about this large family throughout this series; they are a close-knit group of fun and engaging characters that support each other through thick and thin. Ain’t She Sweet is a great addition to the series.
Charley Abbott is gun shy about men; she has dated several in the Butler, Vermont area but has been hurt in the past and protects herself with a personality that pushes many away. But her family sees through her façade and teases her about her abruptness and attitude, but in the end they are understanding and protective.
Tyler Westcott has been living in the area for several years and has been infatuated with Charley from the beginning. He has attempted to date her but she always shoots him down preferring to stay friends, she feels he sees who she is better than others and he scares her. One day they were running together for training and she slipped on the ice and fell down an embankment. Tyler was beside himself and franticly goes for help, feeling that part of this is his fault. When she gets ready to leave the hospital he wants her to rehabilitate at his place, not only he can he be there when needed, but it also gives him the opportunity to break down the walls she has erected to keep others away. To the astonishment of both herself and her family, she says yes.
This is another cute story featuring the Abbott family. And although it is book six in the series it can easily be read as a standalone. Not only do we get Tyler and Charley’s story but we get caught up with other family members both with previous stories and some with stories yet to tell.
Tyler is almost too perfect for a hero; he is intelligent, sweet, generous, and wealthy, and he is willing to wait for Charley to see the real him. More often, I am drawn to an imperfect hero so I had to work around this but he grew on me. He does struggle some because his feelings are not immediately reciprocated, but she caves quickly while staying with him.
Charley has given up on dating; she had a scary incident and withdrew from the scene. And even though her family tries to help, she uses her gruff attitude and personality to fend most people off. Tyler sees through the wall she has erected and that is what scares her when he is around. She has pushed him away for several years but is very willing to accept his help and their relationship develops quickly and easily, there is not much angst between them after she moves in. There is chemistry between them and as soon as she is willing and able (broken leg), they share some steamy scenes.
The pace of the story is slower; the relationship grows as they get to know each other during Charley’s recuperation and there is not a lot of drama between the two. I was very happy that we get to see many previous characters from other books, this is a large close family and they are always around and in each other’s business. I like that there are a couple of side stories that take place, I enjoyed Cam’s story and look forward to what will happen in a future book. A nice revisit to the Abbott family, with heartwarming tales with feel good stories.
I give Ain’t She Sweet by Marie Force 4 stars!